03-18-2014, 09:03 AM
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What are your top 3 choices for synthetic brushes and why?

Right now I'd have to say my top three are: Muhle with STF, Plisson, and Muhle Black Fibre. I'm interested to hear your thoughts as I don't have any experience with FS brushes or H.I.S. brushes.

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 03-18-2014, 09:13 AM
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1° muhle custom set at 25/54
2° Plisson ( I will remove the knot to make it 2mm shorter)
3° TGN custom set at 24/53

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 03-18-2014, 09:34 AM
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1. Plisson synthetic set at 50-51mm
2. Muhle synthetic
3. Frank Shaving generation 3 and 4 customs

The Plisson has the best knot I have tried in synthetics as it really is the less 'springy' of the lot. However, at its current loft of 55-56mm, I just find it too high making it a bit less ideal for me.

The Frank Shaving brushes are great as you can customize the lofts, or order just the knots to set in handles that you want giving you the option to have the knot loft you want.

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 03-18-2014, 09:38 AM
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I'm definitely curious about the FS brushes. Where do you folks normally get them? From FS directly?

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 03-18-2014, 09:46 AM
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(03-18-2014, 09:38 AM)TSEvangelist Wrote: I'm definitely curious about the FS brushes. Where do you folks normally get them? From FS directly?

Ebay has a few sellers, but I would surmise that the generation 3 knots are similar to the Whipped Dog and TGN ones.

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 03-18-2014, 09:57 AM
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(03-18-2014, 09:34 AM)celestino Wrote: 1. Plisson synthetic set at 50-51mm
. . .
The Plisson has the best knot I have tried in synthetics as it really is the less 'springy' of the lot. However, at its current loft of 55-56mm, I just find it too high making it a bit less ideal for me.
. . .

+1. I never disagree with Celestino. Smile

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 03-18-2014, 09:59 AM
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(03-18-2014, 09:46 AM)celestino Wrote:
(03-18-2014, 09:38 AM)TSEvangelist Wrote: I'm definitely curious about the FS brushes. Where do you folks normally get them? From FS directly?

Ebay has a few sellers, but I would surmise that the generation 3 knots are similar to the Whipped Dog and TGN ones.

Yep, they're the same as the TGN ones.

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The only Synthetic knot that I find desirable to have in my den is the Plisson. The others are nice as synthetics, and work well as brushes, but just don't have anything that makes me want to use them. I've tried several Muhle STF and BF brushes, and HIS, FS, and TGN synthetics.

So, for me the list has only one brush:

1) Plisson

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 03-18-2014, 10:10 AM
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(03-18-2014, 09:57 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: I never disagree with Celestino. Smile

Biggrin

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 03-18-2014, 10:16 AM
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Celestino, did you remove the metal ring before reknot the plisson ?

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 03-18-2014, 12:41 PM
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(03-18-2014, 10:16 AM)chrissss Wrote: Celestino, did you remove the metal ring before reknot the plisson ?

* Chris, no, I did not remove the metallic knot plug as I had thought it would have compromised the knot, itself. I actually had to bend/straighten the upper lip of the plug to fit it into the new handle.

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 03-20-2014, 09:42 AM
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So far the muhle stf is my favorite. The black fibre by Nugke is number 2 and after that probably my chubby. However with more use the chubby may move up the ladder. I find the more I use a brush the more I appreciate it. The WD synthetic is no slouch thiugh


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 03-20-2014, 11:38 AM
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  1. Muhle Classic 23 mm
    The Silvertip Fibers brush that made me love synthetics again, after some really bad experiences with Sintex and earlier synthetics.
  2. Muhle Black Fibers
    At first I was a bit underwhelmed, or maybe it is more fair to say that the STF took the spotlight. But these are excellent performers, and for a recent project we did on ShavingSociety we even chose for 23mm black fiber knots.
  3. Simpsons Chubby 2 Synthetic Badger
    A close call, and maybe even my number 2 on this list - but it is brand-new. A soft knot with a lot of backbone, uncharacteristically low lofted but hey, it is a Chubby!
  4. FS 26 mm
    A SamJax type of brush. Not a bad brush, especially at this price point. I do like the bigger knot but it is to me not on par with the above brushes.
  5. Omega Artificial Badger
    Interesting knot, soft but effective. Not a stellar performer.

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 03-21-2014, 11:08 AM
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They are:

1/ Muhle XL STF

2/ Simpsons Chubby 2. It's just new so it could possibly
eventually go to #1 spot. What I wouldn't give for it to have had a fan knot.

3/ Muhle travel brush STF

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 03-21-2014, 12:43 PM
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What about other synthetic brushes such as Parker,or Jagger?

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